YELLOWKNIFE (November 3, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty is recognizing the top-achieving NWT apprentices during Skilled Trades and Technology Week in the Northwest Territories happening from November 3-9, 2014. The week is taking place this year as part of 50th anniversary celebrations for apprenticeship training and certification in the NWT.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in skills development for them and highlighting their achievements, we are helping them contribute to the Northwest Territories’ long-term growth and overall prosperity,” said Minister Lafferty. “A career in the trades provides the opportunity for long-term, well-paying jobs that strengthen our families and communities. As a department, we are focused on meeting the training needs for high-demand trades in the Northwest Territories.”
The goal of Skilled Trades and Technology Week include getting NWT youth thinking about skilled trades and technology careers as an interesting possibility for them, as well as engaging with industry to create a dialogue focused on the importance of encouraging uptake in skilled trades and technology careers to ensure that the NWT meets the job demands of employers. Throughout the week, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment will be hosting awards presentations to recognize excellence achieved by apprentices and recognize employers and journeypersons for their contributions to the success of the apprenticeship program.
Skilled Trades and Technology Week was created by Skills/Compétences Canada to raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers among parents, youth and the general public. The week provides an opportunity for organizations across Canada to get involved in a “hands-on” way and introduces young Canadians to career options available in the trades and technology sectors.
For more information on careers in the trades and to view the top mark awards, visit the departmental website at http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/features/skilled-trades-technology-week.
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